Planning and investing in our people
We want everyone to achieve their full potential, especially our staff, who are all central to our success.
So we invest in training, including supporting people to gain career qualifications.
By encouraging people to learn and improve their skills, and promoting internally, we support succession planning for our future business.
Hear from HSQE adviser Chantal Austin about her career progression.
Find out more about health, safety, quality and environment at VGC on the HSQE page.
We support our workforce to gain lifelong qualifications.
Labour manager James Burke is supporting a number of apprentices on the A14 project, including Lemos Pereira, who joined through the Prince’s Trust programme.
We have supported over 50 people on apprenticeships in Hinkley Point.
Groundworker Andrew Dawes is one of 11 people working at Hinkley Point who gained NVQ and BTEC qualifications early in 2019. He gained a NVQ level 2 Diploma in Construction and Civils Operations, and also the BTEC Diploma in Construction Operations. He said: “I found the scheme very beneficial and would recommend this approach to any new entrants to the industry.”
Our successful apprentices on Crossrail include Lee Van Cliff, who is now an engineer’s assistant. Our support for people on Crossrail led to one of Crossrail’s most prestigious sustainability awards.
We encourage our office staff in continuous professional development
We don’t have space to record everyone’s achievements, but success stories include:
Skills and employment adviser Kimberley McGinty and labour manager Dan Parkinson achieved their City and Guilds level 3 award in education and training from Uxbridge College in August 2019. They are both supporting local schools and young people to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers. Kimberley supports schools across London with STEM career workshops and is a Team London enterprise adviser.
Directors Jacques Kriel and Mike Condon completed a Dale Carnegie ‘Skills for Success’ communications course in March 2019.
HSQE manager Richard Wheeler and HSQE adviser Chantal Austin gained Exova auditing qualifications in September 2016.
Marketing and communications manager Zena Wigram achieved the Prince 2 practitioner qualification in May 2015.